• Discontinued
  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 8.2oz
    Women: 6.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 25mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Feb 2017
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We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Almost every customer welcomed the optimum cushioning given by the Altra Escalante.
  • The runners liked how soft the shoe’s upper felt against their skin.
  • Many users were impressed with the deliberate build of the shoe, as well as its durability.
  •  A few runners commented on the straightforward construction of the upper unit; it apparently offered excellent comfort at a low weight-profile.
  • Some admired the wide toe-box since it prevented uncomfortable rubbing of the forefoot against the shoe.
  • For most users, the shoe fits true to size.
  • One of the runners commented how well the outsole performed on the asphalt.
  • A few users described their experience with this running shoe as being ‘springy in the most amazing way’.
  • The Escalante managed to convert a good number of devotees of other brands to Altra.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A runner mentioned how the pair started to cause blisters after 200 miles.
  • Several consumers reported that the toe-box height was very low and that the tops of their toes rubbed against the upper fabric.
  • One purchaser complained that he felt ‘major knee and ankle pains’ after running in the Escalante.
  • A number of people felt that the sizing was bigger than what they were used to.

Bottom line

A good number of consumers were happy with the Altra Escalante. Many of them praised the cushioning system, its apparently soft upper unit and its general durability. But there were those who complained about the inconsistent sizing scheme, as well as the discomfort that they felt from using this shoe. Overall, the response for this running shoe was mixed-to-positive.


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Updates to Altra Escalante

  • The fully-cushioned Zero DropTM platform and the FootShapeTM toe-box work together symbiotically for an enhanced cushioning and efficient adaptability to changing foot movements.
  • The Altra EGOTM and the InnerFLEXTM layer in the midsole are responsible for the impressively softer feel and an advanced cushioning experience users have in the Altra Escalante.
  • The FootPodTM technology further improves the shoe’s flexibility through its strategic metatarsal mapping.

Altra Escalante size and fit

The Altra Escalante has a standard running length and comes in the standard medium width of D and B for men and women, respectively. Also, its decidedly wider toe-box makes it suitable for runners with wide feet and those who just want natural toe-splay to be accommodated.


The Altra Escalante utilizes the FootPodTM technology in its outsole for efficient mapping of bones and the runner’s foot-tendons. This technology results in an increased natural flexibility and responsive movement.


The fully-cushioned Zero DropTM midsole is an optimal combination of soft cushioning and light weight. It ensures weight balance from the heel to the forefoot region, thereby allowing the runner to perform more efficiently on the roads.

The Altra EGOTM provides the kind of cushioning that wins the hearts and minds of people in no time. This durable and soft material provides a responsive and springy underfoot experience.

The InnerFLEXTM enables the shoe to adapt itself to the shape of the foot for better flexibility and efficient movement during long distances.


The Engineered Mesh is a lightweight material that has a construction that’s similar to woven cloth. It’s flexible and soft. So, not only is the coverage breathable, but also smartly designed to give agreeable fit and flexibility during runs.

The Escalante uses the FootShapeTM toe-box which lets the user’s feet relax and spread out in a manner that is both natural and potentially comfortable.

The padded collar locks the heel in place and prevents the foot from exiting the shoe accidentally.

A traditional lacing system helps the upper in wrapping around the foot securely.